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Most Improved Junior Girl Award Renamed

May 12, 2004 03:28 PM

South Carolina Tennis' annual "Most Improved Junior Girl Award" will be renamed "The Kimberly Hampton Most Improved Junior Girl Award" this year in honor of the former recipient and Army captain who died in Iraq military action.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hampton of Easley, Kimberly received the "most improved" award in 1992. She was a helicopter pilot shot down in December. She was the first female pilot lost in action in Iraq.

The name change was proposed by Debbie Southern, who was Kimberly's freshman year coach at Furman University, and was approved by the USTA South Carolina Board of Directors. Kimberly later transferred to Presbyterian College where she finished her collegiate tennis career.

On behalf of the board, USTA-SC President Bud Spencer wrote to the parents: "We are proud to be able to offer this small recognition of the ultimate sacrifice offered by your daughter to our nation and believe it will serve as an example of the high standards of excellence and dedication required for the recipients of this honor."